Wednesday night at 8 o’clock (PST) on KPFK FM in Southern California. Alan Cheuse. Tonight I share a show taped on the campus of the University of Southern California, site of this year’s recent LA Times Festival of Books. It’s the best way I could arrange to interview in person one of my favorite books people in the whole world, Alan Cheuse, novelist and short story writer, teacher, editor and critic and, of course mentor to anybody who aims for making careful, generous, smart radio about books. You’ll recognize Alan’s voice from his long, impressive tenure at NPR where for twenty years he has offered short, thoughtful, necessary book reviews. He is himself a celebrated author and his own writing is the subject of our meeting at the Festival, on the occasion of a new novel, Song of Slaves in the Desert: A Novel of Slavery and the Southern Wild, a completely satisfying story with something for everyone: an examination of freedom and love, of responsibility and tradition, all with a completely thrilling plot and characters with whom one identifies immediately upon meeting them. Thanks for listening. Available on the radio or online live, and downloadable free for 90 days at the station’s website archives. Find me on Facebook.